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Offline Major Wood

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Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« on: January 17, 2012, 02:48:05 pm »
I'm strongly considering having ZH join in on the SOPA blackout day (http://sopastrike.com/). This is in protest of the American SOPA legislation. The proposed legislation would have very serious effects on the internet (censorship, security, stability, etc.)
If ZH participates, it would mean that ZH would be unavailable for the majority of the day tomorrow (January 18th). I want to get your thoughts on whether ZH should be a participate.

I would normally hesitate to make ZH a part of a political protest, but this one could have a direct effect on how ZH is able to operate.
Thank you.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012, 02:55:54 pm »
I've been following SOPA, (it looked like it was dead, now who knows?), it's such a horribly bad idea I would not in any way be offended if ZH participated. 
If you feel comfortable, I think a 12 hour break would be fine.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012, 03:24:33 pm »
I fully support this.

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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 03:47:13 pm »
Do you have something like a nicotine patch for those of us who would have ZH withdrawals? (Reaver)
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012, 04:01:08 pm »
I'd fully support doing this.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012, 04:05:42 pm »
It's only 12 hours?  Definitely do it.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012, 04:24:46 pm »
I'm all for protesting SOPA, and if this is a way to do it then...Do it, but I don't understand how blacking out any web site below the radar of national media (which would be almost every web site, except youtube, facebook, and those actually run by major corporations) will get the attention of congress.

What if all the traffic from all the sites participating in the blackout was redirected to house.gov or senate.gov?

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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 04:31:21 pm »
I support this

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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2012, 04:43:32 pm »
I support you as well on this issue.  Go for it!
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012, 04:44:31 pm »
No problems here. I can't think of a better way to protest than a day of rest. That I can do.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012, 04:47:39 pm »
I'm all for protesting SOPA, and if this is a way to do it then...Do it, but I don't understand how blacking out any web site below the radar of national media (which would be almost every web site, except youtube, facebook, and those actually run by major corporations) will get the attention of congress.

What if all the traffic from all the sites participating in the blackout was redirected to house.gov or senate.gov?

There will be hundreds of smaller sites going offline, in addition to several large sites (Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing to name a few). The point is to call attention to the potential effects of the proposed legislation. I'm undecided as to whether to just go black, or provide a link to resources. I don't like the idea of just redirecting to a government site without having a really good explanation why.

Though ZH is a small site, compared to the likes of facebook, we currently have 2,655 registered members and many who visit the site as guests.
Your friendly Zebra Huddle admin.

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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2012, 04:55:12 pm »
I'm undecided as to whether to just go black, or provide a link to resources. 

Perhaps I just use a few unreliable web sites, but when I go to a site that is black I just assume it had server issues and check back later.  Ie., if I tried to check the Huddle tomorrow and, had I not known ahead of time what was up, I would just assume there were technical issues.

If you want to actually make a difference, I would suggest at the very least hanging a banner.  "We are closed for the day to protest ..."  Provide a link to senate.gov and house.gov and urge people to contact their legislative team regarding this bill.  Provide the bill numbers so it is easy.

My 2 cents.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2012, 05:02:20 pm »
If you want to actually make a difference, I would suggest at the very least hanging a banner.  "We are closed for the day to protest ..."  Provide a link to senate.gov and house.gov and urge people to contact their legislative team regarding this bill.  Provide the bill numbers so it is easy.

This is exactly what I was going to recommend.

And yes, I fully support doing this.  I can spend an entire day away from Zebra Huddle any time I want.  I really can.  I'm not an addict.
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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2012, 05:13:22 pm »
F5 F5 F5 F5 F5
You will bout as you practice.


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Re: Need your thoughts! SOPA blackout day
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2012, 05:51:22 pm »
I support this
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